Jury deliberations begin in Thurman stalker trial

Mon May 5, 2008 2:31pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York jury began deliberations on Monday in the case of a man accused of stalking actress Uma Thurman and harassing her family.

Jack Jordan, 37, is accused of sending harassing e-mails to Thurman's father and brother, loitering for hours on the steps of Thurman's Manhattan apartment and visiting her trailer on the set of the 2006 film, "My Super Ex-Girlfriend."

He is charged with misdemeanor counts of stalking and harassment of the "Kill Bill" and "Pulp Fiction" actress and faces up to one year in prison if convicted.

Thurman testified during the five-day trial that Jordan's actions caused her to fear for her life and the safety of her two children.

"I was completely freaked out. It was like a nightmare," Thurman said.

Jordan's lawyer, George Vomvolakis, portrayed him as a desperate man trying to endear himself to the woman he loved.

"Will you see obsession? Yes," Vomvolakis told jurors during his closing argument. "What you will not see is the intention to scare ... In his own mind, he thinks that he had a chance."

Jordan's parents had him committed to a mental institution after his visit to Thurman's movie set. He now lives with his parents in Maryland and is training to be a teacher.

(Reporting by Edith Honan)

 
<p>Uma Thurman arrives at court on the third day of the trial for a man accused of stalking her in New York May 1, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East</p>